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Photo Article: Yesterday's harvesting at the Welsh Hovel

Tom Winnifrith
Sunday 25 September 2022

There is just so much to do but my target is to harvest at least one crop a day and put it away for winter storage. Tomorrow is the official start of the apple harvest and, having jumped the gun by a week on the crabapples and edibles from the new top orchard I have created, work will, start on the old orchard by the river which is dripping with reddening apples begging to be scratted and crushed into juice. Meanwhile…

The Blackberry season draws to a close. I have created a bottle full of cordial which should allow me to make ice cream for another few months although my freezers are well packed with tubs already. There are a few jars of blackberry jam left  and many more jars of blackcurrant, strawberry, goodseberry and damson jam and so the last results of foraging by myself and Joshua are being flash frozen on trays then packed away in small bags of c165 berries a bag for winter use. We are doing the same for trays of pitted damsons and with no more blackberries to pick and the damsons also almost over, we will now move onto freezing rhubarb stalks (in one inch slices) to be preserved by the same method. 

Before that there is some olive and fig tree planting to do in the uppper field and peppers and bushes of flaming red chillies to start harvesting

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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